So, Eric and I set out to make lists of our own. Following Lou's example, we divided our lists into five categories of goals: 1) As a wife/mother or husband/father; 2) Spiritually; 3) Professionally; 4) Financially; and 5) Just for Excitement.
Some of the items that made our lists are intangible - I don't know if we'll ever be able to actually cross them off, but including them serves as a reminder of how we want to live our lives and the people we want to be. The rest of the items are more what you think of when you consider making a "bucket list" (that is, things you want to accomplish before you "kick the bucket, so to speak), especially in the "Just for Excitement" category. These are more discrete events that I will actually be able to cross off someday.
I'd like to share some of my list items with you here, both as a way of holding myself more accountable to reaching these goals, as well as to hopefully inspire some of you to create goal lists of your own. Here's a sample of some of the items from my list:
As a Wife/Mother1. Learn how to cook (well!)
2. Smoosh cake on Eric's face at our 50th Anniversary Party3. Strive for a marriage that will be a good example for my children4. Raise well-rounded kids; encourage an appreciation for art, athletics, music, family, etc.5. Kiss Eric every day when he gets home from work
Spiritually6. Keep God at the center of my family
7. Read the Bible cover to cover
Professionally8. Always keep my priorities in order
9. Have a book published
Financially10. Pay off student loan debt
11. Buy a house12. Never let money keep me or my family from seeking new experiences13. Own a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes
Just for Excitement14. Take a picture "holding up" the Leaning Tower of Pisa
15. Learn how to scuba dive16. Hold a koala17. Swim in all five oceans18. Ride a horse on the beach19. Ride a burro in the Grand Canyon20. Donate my hair to Locks of Love21. Learn how to ballroom dance22. Hug Tim Tebow23. Teach a dog a really cool trick24. Attend a Hawaiian luau25. Visit the towns where my ancestors lived in Germany, Ireland and Scotland
These 25 items are just a sample of those on my list. Right now, my actual list includes 62 items, and is growing all the time. Since creating my list on January 2, I have already added nearly 40 items! If you want to see my full list, you can see it here, and that link will update automatically when I add items to my list. And, when I cross items off!
Does anyone else out there have a list like this? Or, are you planning to start one? I would love to know what's on your list! Please feel free to comment with a sample of your list items or goals you have. And may all your dreams come true!